BC public reaction,not political leadership,may have left BC and Alberta ,ultimately,with an acceptable pipeline plan..and the export revenues so vital to our ‘sputtering’ national economy !!
The proposed two pipeline proposals (Enbridge,Kinder Morgan ),for EXPORT of approximately ONE million barrels per day ,creates few jobs and much public concern about potential marine bitumen spills in our multibillion dollar ,environmentally related tourist businesses …
Both pipelines ,as proposed, are badly conceived and deserve to be cancelled…..A simple,doable plan, would be to combine both pipelines systems from Alberta ,to a BC port location at Port Simpson..which offers relatively wide open access to world markets…and ELIMINATES ADDED BITUMEN TRAFFIC IN BURRARD INLET, THE SALISH SEA AND DOUGLAS CHANNEL…
In the meantime ,Energy East are proposing to ‘pipe’ about 2 million barrels ,through existing and extended pipeline system to the East(in ONE pipeline)..much of it to be refined in Eastern refineries ,creating many good paying refinery jobs.. .
The biggest unresolved issue issue appears to with the First Nations dissatisfaction…negotiations were late and so far less than effective…We now know that First Nations MUST be part of the solution…they can play a significant part in helping to ‘manage’ these pipelines as they traverse lands that they care for,respect and love…!
Any wannabe political leader should be able to see that a new ,publically acceptable pipeline is required to deliver Alberta oil to market… and help to bolster our export revenues…Alberta waits !
Not much chatter about a refinery and all those good paying jobs…now might be the time for action ?